Kai Yan

Kai Yan

Kai Yan

  • Student type: International
  • Degree type: Masters
  • Degree(s): Master of Social Work

Master of Social Work

“I am currently working as an alcohol and other drugs (AOD) counsellor and social worker in a not-for-profit community healthcare centre. My role provides assessment and counselling to clients with alcohol and drug or mental health issues. I work with clients, as well as other healthcare clinicians, to make realistic treatment plans and provide service referrals. I also identify, assess and manage co-existing risks such as family violence, child protection and forensic issues. During COVID, all the assessment and counselling sessions were conducted by phone.

The most rewarding part of my work is helping people who are in need, especially during this challenging time. I have heard a lot of clients saying that the AOD services that I provided really helped them get through dark times, and the conversations I had with them during the pandemic made them feel that they were cared for and not alone. Hearing clients say things like this makes me proud of what I do.

Monash really helped me prepare for my career, especially the combination of theoretical knowledge and practical wisdom. We had the opportunity to put the theories into practice by completing two 500-hour placements. I actually landed my first job after my second placement and started working before I had even graduated!

The highlight from my time at Monash would have to be the opportunity to communicate and make friends with people from all over the world. This really helped me have a deeper understanding on how to interact with people from different cultural backgrounds, religions and customs, which is not only beneficial for my personal social network, but for real-world social work practice.

My goal is to continue working in the AOD field, polishing my counselling and assessing skills. Hopefully in the next few years, I can be accredited as a mental health social worker, and maybe be a social work mentor to share my experience, knowledge and tips with social worker students, especially international students.”

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